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. and i think the idea that there is a torturer in this all of us is a little trite. it's probably not true either. i mean, not all of us would make good torturers. but with it is true, i think, that if the authorities, the government gives people license to do whatever they like with other human beings, you'll find a large number -- and one can't put a particular number on this, but you'll find a sufficient number of people who will do their worst, and it leads to torture and killing. even if people had lived perfectly happily together before that. and i think, again, another rather trite people often say, for example, in the balkan wars people explained serbian violence against the bosnian muslims as saying, well, these are ancient hatreds, and today sort of find a way of -- they explode at a certain time. i don't think hatreds are necessarily ancient even though there are all kinds of myths that keep on coming back and are manipulated by politicians and leaders and so on in order to put people up to violence. but i don't think there's such a thing as a sort of a smoldering hatre
to be able to stand up to the u.s. army if things should get tyrannical in the white house. but there have been the police going back centuries and that gathering force. also you may interested in the novel that made a big differen difference. he doesn't like the word empathy. he said he heard a mother screaming at one of her two children screaming show some empathy. the question is what the novel really promoted. and easing that this is a erratic? >> know, i don't think so. and i don't think high culture makes us into better human beings. this is one of george steiner's great hobby horses how is it that they can play schuman absolutely beautifully and the next day go to work i don't think that it is all that mysterious, nor do i think that higher education makes it into more. i really do think it is a question of, as i said, of circumstances. and i suppose if you think of the more recent war is a dilemma because if you think about the monopoly of the force, saddam hussein certainly monopolized the force in his state and a brutal manner it was a state in which torture was widespread and pe
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